Friday, 28 January 2011

Clean up this mess please

Please clean up this mess

After a recent visit to Highland Road we took the picture on this article. We are dismayed that the road has got into this state.

We have asked that the council get this mess sorted out as soon as possible.

Clean this road sign please

Who would destroy this road sign
 Road sign needs sorting

We have asked the council to either clean or replace the road sign at Kelston View near to Haycombe Drive.

Why would someone want to do such a mindless thing as to deface and important Road sign. If you have any idea who may have done this then please let the Police know or contact us.

New Bollards for Cleeve Green

The Council have agreed to our request to put new bollards in Place on Cleeve Green opposite the Elderly Persons home.

Ever since the home was built we have had a problem with vehicles driving on the grass or even parking on it we hope that the new bollards will help stop some of this problem.

The Grass in this area has become very chewed up and the new bollards that we have been told will be put in in the new council budget in April.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Safety first builder advised

We have asked that the builders working on the redevelopment ensure that they protect the area that they are working in thus making the public area that is still open safe for the public in the area.

Llovel have agreed to ensure that some of the loose kerbs stones are secured into place and have also agreed to putting up some safety signs when working on the Highway.

Much of the damage to the kerbs on Newton Road is not down to the builders but other people in the area parking where they should not park.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Protect our grass verges

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Grasscrete would help here

We have asked the council to consider providing grasscrete on this section of Kelston View Close to the Southside youth Centre.

The area is a bus route used by the number 5 Bus and the grass bank is stating to get chewed away.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Twerton Litter Picks

Cllr Tim Ball & Cllr Gerry Curran at Shophouse Road
We both went on two litter picks today the first one was at 9.30am at the bottom of Shophouse Road where we were joined by our colleagues from Westmoreland Ward. Where between us we removed at least 7 bags of rubbish from the land on the corner of High Street.

The Second litter pick was in the park behind the Centurion Public house Poolemead Road where we removed another 5 bags of rubbish.

Councillor Gerry Curran complained that the majority of the rubbish close to the garages came from the mini recycling centres operated by Somer Housing, Gerry spent 20 minutes just clearing this mess up.

We will be complaining to Somer on Monday morning about there need to keep an eye on this area.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Avon & Somerset Police are warning residents to be aware of bogus callers.

Avon & Somerset Police are warning residents to be aware of bogus callers.
Police are warning people across the force to beware of bogus callers, as criminals take advantage of the increase in burst pipes and water mains caused by cold  weather.

Over the last week, a number of offences have been reported to police across the force where bogus “Waterboard” and Dyno-rod officials have tricked their way into homes before stealing cash, purses and wallets.

Darren Taylor, acting sergeant on the Bristol Doorstep Crime Team consisting of police and Trading Standards officers, said: “Offenders have been knocking on doors, unfortunately targeting elderly and more vulnerable people, and claiming they are fixing water leaks and burst pipes in the road.

“A common theme in these offences is that victims are being told that there is blue dye in the water, and they need the victim to run the kitchen taps to check the system.

“If someone knocks on your door and you hear these things, alarm bells should start ringing.
“There is no longer a Waterboard – it is a term used only by bogus callers. Water companies also never put dye into the water.

“Since the formation of the Bristol Doorstep Crime Team and Avon and Somerset’s work to tackle doorstep crime with the national Operation Liberal, we have reduced distraction burglaries and rogue trading offences by around 60% in the city.

“In turn there has been a substantial increase in the number of crimes being detected with more offenders being identified and locked up than ever before.

“We want to further drive down these offences and warn people of what to look out for so that we stop people from becoming victims in the first place.”

The Bristol Doorstep Crime Team is a partnership between Bristol CID and Bristol City Council Trading Standards. This joint enterprise has been investigating distraction burglary and Rogue trading in the city for 18 months.

Acting Sergeant Taylor said: “If you are visited by someone requesting access and you have not reported a water leak then do not let anyone into your home.
“You do not need to run your taps.

“Be wary of unknown, unscheduled callers – just because they have a plastic id card and a boiler suit it does not make them genuine.

“A genuine official will understand and will happily make a future appointment or provide credentials to confirm their identity.”

If you believe that you have seen or been visited by these offenders then please report it to the police on 0845 456 7000. If you have any information that may help catch these offenders call 0845 456 7000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Top tips for staying safe
Always make sure visitors to your home are who they say they are by asking to see their identification.
Do not use any telephone numbers provided by the caller, as they may be bogus. Always use a number from your utility bill or a phone book.

‘Water Boards’ no longer exist, it is an obsolete phrase used only by bogus callers.
Ensure that if you do let somebody in to your home, that you close the door behind them - distraction burglars often work in teams, where one will distract you while another sneaks in through the insecure door.

Always close and lock the back door before answering the front door.
LOCK: Keep your front and back doors locked, even when you are at home.

STOP: Before you answer, stop and think if you are expecting anyone. Check that you have locked any back doors and taken the key out. Look through the spy hole or the window to see who it is.
CHAIN: If you decide to open the door, put the door chain or bar on first.

CHECK: If someone who looks official calls at your door, always ask for their identity card; do they look like the person on the card? If you do not have a chain, ask for ID to be put through the letterbox and remember there’s no such thing as the water board.

Visit the Force website on where you can also sign up to receive local news and alerts, Crimestoppers appeals and job details, direct to your inbox – on

Thanks to Kelston View

We would like to thank the residents of Kelston View for the welcome that we were given by the households that we called on Friday although it rained and we were not able to get to as many houses as we would have liked.

Some of the issues that were raised were

1) Bath City Farm comments were made that more of the trees need reducing in height, we note that some polarding work is taking place and have asked that the trees are looked at.

2) Culverhay Many comments were made about Culverhay and why the school should remain open as a mixed school. ( This is something that we have been saying for a long time ).

3) Road Surface Kelston View we have asked for the road surface to be looked at and the numerous pot holes to be filled in.

4) Disabled Living allowance We had many comments about the change in government regulations.

5) Winter Gritting We had comments about the winter maintenance on Kelston View we have referred this to the council

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Watery Lane Twerton Bath Depot

Watery Lane Twerton Depot
The Watery Lane Council Depot is for sale as it is surplus to requirements.  We think that the premises are suitable for storage or workshop purposes, although applicants are advised to make their own enquiries of the Planning Authority, Bath and North East Somerset District Council telephone 01225 477000 in order to enquire as to the suitability of their proposed use.


Built of reconstituted stone faced blockwork under a flat roof.  The property is held together with a secure yard on the front elevation and accessed via double entrance gates.

Internally the accommodation comprises storage with kitchen and toilet accommodation. 

Street Lights out Watery Lane

We have asked the council to ensure that all the street lights that have not been working on Watery Lane for the past week are put back into good working order as soon as possible.

If you are aware of any other lights not working then please let us know.

Twerton Beat Surgery

Twerton beat team are holding a Police Beat Surgery at Rose Cottage Twerton High Street this afternoon from 2pm till 4pm.

Got a problem or just need to talk things over then please go along and see them I know that they will be pleased to see you.

Alternatively  if you are unable to go along today then you can always call them on 0845 456 7000. If your call is an emergency then of course call 999.

Want to see what the Twerton Beat team are up to then follow this link

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Walwyn Close bus stop

Please repair me

We have asked for the broken seat at the bus stop at Walwyn Close to be repaired as soon as possible.

This seat has been broken for some time now and is falling further into disrepair.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Twerton Street Surgery

In addition to our monthly Surgery at the Hut Newton Road at 10.30am on the first Saturday of each month we are holding street Surgeries on the next three Fridays

On Friday 14th January Tim Ball and Gerry Curran will be in Kelston View and West Close from 10.30am till 2.30pm

On Friday 21st January Tim Ball & Gerry Curran will be in St Micheal's Road East Close West Close and The Hollow from 10.30am till 2.30pm

On Friday 28th Januray Tim Ball & Gerry Curran will be in Innox Road, Highfield Close, Northview Close, Longhay Close, Springfield Close and The Brow from 10.30am till 2.30pm

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Cerys Matthews visits Twerton Park

The Bath Chronicle are running a story that Singer and I'm a Celebrity star Cerys Matthews celebrated her wedding with a trip to Twerton Park today.

It seems that Cerys new Husband is a fan of promotion chasing Luton Town who Bath City held to a 0-0 draw.

The Full Story can be read on the link to the following web page

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Free cycle stands for community groups

Life Cycle UK is continuing to offer free cycle parking under our ever popular ‘Take a Stand’ scheme. Which we run in partnership with Bath and North East Somerset Council. Under the scheme, They offer free cycle stands to community groups, small business, places of worship etc.

The groups must have their own premises, but if they do they can apply for the stands through the ‘Take a Stand Scheme’

If you want to apply you need to either pay for or arrange installation of the stands yourselves – and it must be on your own land – but other than that there are no costs.

There are still a small number of stands available under the scheme for this financial year. 

Connection Hill in a mess again

Please keep this area clear

We have again asked for the fly tipping to be cleared up on connection Hill. It seems that this is one area that we are having to have cleared on a regular basis.

We have also asked the council to take action to remove the trees and bushes that are growing over the path from 67 High Street.

Disappointment for Redland Park Residents

Residents of Redland Park will be disappointed to hear that Bath & North East Somerset Council Highways department have decided not to create an extra parking area on the former play area in the middle of Redland Park.

Councillor Tim Ball has spoken to several residents who agree that the the second placed scheme the wild flowers surrounded by a fence should now be put in place.

We have notified the parks department asking them to carry out this work.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Recycling Collections

Bath & North East Somerset Council say it will take until the end of this week to clear a backlog of recycling waste put out for collection.

Bath and North East Somerset Council are working hard to catch up with missed recycling collections and crews are working until 6.30pm each evening.

General waste collections should now be back to normal but: “Recycling collections are running behind due to the volume of recycling being put out. 

“Residents are advised to leave their recycling out until it is collected. The Council expect to have everything cleared by close of play on Saturday.”

The problem of a Mini Recycling Centre 2

We have asked the council to clear up the mess by the Mini Recycling centre at Walwyn Close.

It seems that some people have no pride by the amount of mess that has been left in this area.

If you see a mess that needs clearing up in any area then will you please call council connect and let them know about it, then ring us if it continues to be a problem.

Please empty me

We have asked for the litter bin at Cleeve Green that is overflowing to be emptied as soon as possible.

It is a problem that keeps happening and we continue to report the problem. If you see a bin that needs emptying then please phone council connect on 01225 394041 and let us know if it remains a problem.

Refuse collections

Tuesday is the time for rubbish collection and recycling collections in Twerton, but from what I can see of it from the amount of uncollected rubbish and recycling on the streets in Twerton they have a job on their hands.

The council will be attempting to remove all the rubbish and recycling today but i am expecting to get a few calls saying that their have been missed collections.

Please be patient and let council connect know on 394041 if for some reason yours has not been collected.

Waste Strategy review

Bath & North East Somerset Council in 2005 approved moving towards a Zero Waste  strategy by 2020 . The Council have we have updated the main statistics and key achievements part of the report regularly.  However, the original action plan was for 5 years to 2010.

The council have have carried out a more thorough review this time, to bring it up to date with recent and forthcoming legislation.

It also now includes a specific consultation section on key corporate and proposed waste policies, together with a summary of key actions and projects for 2011/12, which the council are seeking people’s views on.

Please follow this link to leave your comments and to read more about the review

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Twerton Pact Meeting 9th March 2011

The Next Twerton PACT meeting is to be held on 9th March 2011 at St Micahels Junior School at 7pm.

Have something to say about what goes on in our community then why not go along and have your say and help shape the priorities for the community as a whole.

The last Twerton PACT meeting that was held at The Village Hall produced the following priorities.

Agreed 18th November 2010
1. Contravention of No Entry sign at the end of Twerton High Street and No Right Turn from Connection Road onto Newton Road
Police to target offenders and B&NES to look at appropriate signage

2. Use of mini motos in Redland Park
Police, SOMER Housing Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) team and B&NES ASB team to jointly target offenders.

3. Pavement parking in Highland Road, Landseer Road and Redland Park
Police and B&NES parking services to patrol the area and deal with offenders appropriately

Police Beat Surgeries

The local Police for the Twerton area will be holing a beat surgery at Roscos (formerly Rose Cottage) in Twerton High Street between 2pm and 4pm on 13 January 2011.

If you have a problem then go along and see them we are sure that they will be able to help.

If not able to go on the 13th and need help or have information that will help then call them on 0845 4567000 or ring crime stoppers on 0800 555 111.

All Emergency calls should be made using the 999 system but please make sure that it is an emergency.

Happy New Year

Can we both take the opportunity to wish all our residents in Twerton a very Happy New Year.

We will both be working hard to ensure that people of Twerton are not forgotten by the council during this year.

We will also be calling on all residents over the next few months to discuss issues that concern them.

A Very Happy New Year

Tim & Gerry